Quick Info

  • Florence
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Education
  • : Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • : $5,999 In-State / $6,199 Out-of-State
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record

Academics

All undergraduate students interested in Early Childhood education and a PK-4 teaching certificate must take the following two courses prior to completing the CASE program and prior to being accepted into the Primary Plus program.  While in Florence you will take the two courses listed below for a total of six credits.  If you are interested in the CASE program or if you are preparing to apply to the CASE program in the spring of 2015, you should note that the IL 1042 and IL 1045 are courses usually taught in the fall term junior year.  If you are interested in the Primary Plus program you will need each of the following two courses prior to graduation and prior to completing your application to this teacher certification program.  Coursework eligible to 
count towards UCIS European Studies Certificate 
You will take the following two courses on this program:

 This course is an introduction to language and literacy practices for children birth through grade 4.  Includes applied theories and stages of language development, transitions from oral to written expression, family literacy, and guidelines for the selection and use of quality literature. Students MUST attend four sessions and one field trip to be held in March/April 2014 prior to departure for Florence. These sessions will count as class sessions towards your grade. Dates for these sessions will be set once the group is finalized in February 2014. This course is a required prerequisite for the Combined Accelerated Studies in Education (CASE) program and the Primary Plus PK-4 teacher certification program.

 As the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) continues to grow in our public schools there is an increased need for highly qualified teachers to instruct them.  This course will be an introduction into the varied theories and practices of teaching young English Language Learners.  Prominent research in the field of second language acquisition will be discusses, as well as Best Instructional Practices used in the ESL classroom and the mainstream classroom. This course will give you an overview to support the effective instruction of students who have a first language other than English.  While in Florence, students will visit schools each week and observe students whose first language is not English. Students MUST attend four sessions and one field trip to be held in March/April 2014 prior to departure for Florence. These sessions will count as class sessions towards your grade. Dates for these sessions will be set once the group is finalized in February 2014. This course is a required prerequisite for the Combined Accelerated Studies in Education (CASE) program and the Primary Plus PK-4 teacher certification program.

Graduate students interested in the program should visit and apply through the Pitt in Florence: Early Education (graduate students) page.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Professor Patrisha Crawford is an associate professor of education at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also serves as the associate chairperson for the Department of Instruction & Learning.  Prior to completing her doctoral work at Penn State University, she was a teacher of children in kindergarten and the primary grades.  Dr. Crawford’s teaching and scholarly work focus on the areas of early childhood and literacy education.  She has published extensively in these areas and currently co-chairs the Publications Committee for the Association for Childhood Education International.

Professor Anna Arlotta-Guerrero earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Pittsburgh.  She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Psychology in Education.  She also serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator of the CASE teacher certification program.  Her teaching and research interests include the instruction and learning of Young English language learners and early childhood education.  Prior to coming to the University of Pittsburgh she taught for many years in the public school system in grades PK-4.

 

Housing

You will be placed in centrally located, shared apartment that is fully furnished for your four week stay in Florence. Due to the high demand for apartments during the summer, students may be placed in apartments within a forty minute walk of campus.  Apartments include a kitchen, bathroom and television.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$5,999 $6,199
Arrive in Florence Depart Florence
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Thursday, May 31, 2018

Keep in mind that dates may change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

 

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Florence Education program fee, the follow are included in the program:

  • Tuition for six credits
  • Shared accommodations in Florence
  • International health insurance for the dates of your program
  • Excursions to local areas of interest
  • Some class excursions

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad administrative fee $300
  • Roundtrip airfare to Florence (~$1300)
  • Meals and personal expenses (~1000)

Please note that these prices are estimates only.  If you are planning to travel extensively and or extend your stay in Europe after the program has ended, you should plan to budget more.  Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

This program is designed for students that are interested in early education, specifically rising sophomores and juniors admitted into the CASE program, Primary Plus candidates working on their prerequisites, and ADP traditional students.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Brice Lynn

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hey there.  I'm Brice and I'm one of the Assistant Directors at Pitt Study Abroad.  I'm a born-and-raised Pittsburgher (and have the accent to prove it).  My own study abroad experience as a Pitt student took me to Granada, Spain.  Between my host family, the food, and all of the embarrassing language mistakes I made, it turned out to be some of the best months of my life. Now, I'm here to help you make your own study abroad experience a reality.  When I'm not in the office, you can usually find me falling out of yoga poses, riding my bike, and ruining all of these physical activities with a plate of pierogi (extra butter and onions, please).  Get in touch with me at bel18@pitt.edu or 412-383-1029.